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Loved this! And that surprised me for a couple reasons.
First, it very much mimics Kelley Armstrong's first two Otherworld books plotwise, at least initially. Luckily Vincent does have a very firm grip on her world and knows what to do with it, so by the end I was just taking things as they came.
Second, Faythe is a spoiled, thoughtless brat for the first half of the book. I just couldn't like her much. But looking back now it totally fits, so instead of being annoyed I'm actually pleased that the author decided to be real with her character. Given her environment it was unlikely that Faythe could have been a considerate sweetheart, so writing her that way would have been a cop-out on the author's part. It also made a better backdrop for the action-packed second half of the book, and leaves plenty of room for Faythe to grow in later books. (Which I hope we'll see!)
It's the second half of the book that made me love it -- I was all keyed up and couldn't stop listening. If you're a fan of the genre and you like suspense, hold on through the first half and the initial adventures of Little Miss User of Men -- the real story comes midway. I started off not very impressed and ended up ready for a relisten!
Oh, and I was pleased with the narrator as well!
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This book was so bad- the characters, the story line, the romance, the narration- I can hardly think of a good thing to say about it.
I read this because I read My Soul to Take by her and really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give this series a try despite the somewhat mixed reviews. Mistake.
The thing is that the female lead, from whose perspective we get the story, is horrible. She screams about wanting to be independant and treated like an adult, and then behaves like a child. Without thinking about it, she allows herself to be drawn in by the most deplorable male stereotypes. It's as though she cries, "Hey, I'm a feminist. Treat me as an equal." Then her hormones get the better of her and she's begging to be dragged along back to the cave by her hair. Plus, she whines. Relentlessly.
I'm also just not a fan of Jennifer Van Dyke. I'll admit freely that this is a personal thing, and that you might enjoy her fine. I just find her cadances a little off and her inflection makes everyone sound cold and arrogant.
I always try to say something positive about a book so here it is- Vincent deals with the subject of rape- even writing fairly grafic depictions of it- in a fairly sensitive way. She perhaps has some contempt for those who don't fight back in order to save their own lives, but does allow for the emotional trama of the experience.
And that, sadly, is the best I can do for saying something nice about this book. Don't waste your time unless you just really enjoy the "Me Tarzan You Jane. Me beat the tar out of anybody who looks at you," male fantasy and can handle whiney women.
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